Wim Wenders

Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.

Film Info

  • Wim Wenders
  • France, United States, Germany
  • 1984
  • 147 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #501

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • Video interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen
  • Excerpts from a 1990 documentary on Wenders, featuring interviews with Wenders, cinematographer Robby Müller, composer Ry Cooder, actors Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Peter Falk, and Hanns Zischler, novelist Patricia Highsmith, and director Samuel Fuller
  • New video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis
  • “Wim Wenders Hollywood April ’84,” a segment from the French television program Cinéma cinémas, showing Wenders and Cooder at work on the score
  • Deleted scenes and Super 8 home movies
  • Gallery of Wenders’s location-scouting photos
  • Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Nick Roddick, interviews with Stanton, writer Sam Shepard, and actors Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell, and excerpts from Wenders's book of photos Written in the West

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • Video interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen
  • Excerpts from a 1990 documentary on Wenders, featuring interviews with Wenders, cinematographer Robby Müller, composer Ry Cooder, actors Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Peter Falk, and Hanns Zischler, novelist Patricia Highsmith, and director Samuel Fuller
  • New video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis
  • “Wim Wenders Hollywood April ’84,” a segment from the French television program Cinéma cinémas, showing Wenders and Cooder at work on the score
  • Deleted scenes and Super 8 home movies
  • Gallery of Wenders’s location-scouting photos
  • Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Nick Roddick, interviews with Stanton, writer Sam Shepard, and actors Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell, and excerpts from Wenders's book of photos Written in the West

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Paris, Texas
Cast
Harry Dean Stanton
Travis
Dean Stockwell
Walt
Nastassja Kinski
Jane
Hunter Carson
Hunter
Aurore Clément
Anne
Bernhard Wicki
Dr. Ulmer
Credits
Director
Wim Wenders
Producer
Don Guest
Written by
Sam Shepard
Adaptation by
L. M. Kit Carson
Executive producer
Chris Sievernich
Music
Ry Cooder
Director of photography
Robby Müller
Editing
Peter Przygodda
Art director
Kate Altman

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